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Software Quality Assurance Analyst (certificate)

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Title of Certificate: Software Quality Assurance Analyst, Certificate
(Note: Program has received MHEC approval for fall 2024. Students may enroll in required courses.)

Award: Certificate

Code: Provided by Registrar

Total Credit Hours: 20

About the Computer Information Systems Department

Purpose: This certificate provides the student with skills and knowledge for using practical tools in all stages of software development, software quality assurance, and the software testing process.  A software quality assurance analyst is concerned with gathering the requirements and documentation, source code control, code review, change management, configuration management, release management, and the actual testing of the software.

Range of Occupations

  • Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • Software Developer
  • IT Quality Computer System Validation Engineer

A grade of C or better is required in each Software Quality Assurrance Analyst course.

Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for federal student aid. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Education Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid by calling 410-777-2203, emailing or stopping by a Financial Aid office.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101  or ENG 101A . Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Planning Tool: Sequences of Courses

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Describe the relationships between software development activities and test activities in the software development lifecycle and explain the difference between Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and Software Quality Control (SQC)  

 2. Apply a wide variety of testing techniques and implementation strategies  

3. Design and create documents to effectively communicate ideas to technical and non-technical audiences  

       4. Write a successful test plan.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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